Digestive problems can arise as we age, undergo stress, eat too quickly, eat on the run, or eat diets composed of refined and rich foods, too much food, or foods eaten in complicated combinations.
Often, the proper production and flow of digestive juices is compromised by numerous lifestyle factors and a combination of stressors. This weakens the stomach’s digestive power and inhibits absorption of nutrients at the small intestine.
Like any plumbing system, the digestive tract can become eroded leading to increased intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut). This can affect the entire body leading to discomfort and lethargy and ultimately poor health.
How often do you actually think about the food that’s being digested by your body? Yet the digestive tract is the center of the body, and the foundation of your health.
Complicating the way we think about gut health is the more recent realization that we are just part of the equation and that our bugs within – the good bacteria (pro-biotics) and the bad (pathogens) – control so much of how we feel and interact with our food. Of course we are not idle bystanders but are the ones choosing the foods to feed ourselves and our bugs.
Watch this short video and share it with your family even your children. Changing the way you eat can often translate into amazing health improvement throughout your body.
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As always, reach out with questions you have about digestive dysfunction or the gut biome. I am happy to help explain this process and help you make choices that can leave you feeling much better in the long run.
-Dr. Jerome Craig